New York, N.Y. - NYC & Company, New York City’s marketing and tourism organization, and Rooftop Films have announced that visitors and New Yorkers can enjoy more than 40 free outdoor movie screenings this summer. As part of a new five borough initiative which runs from June 21 through September 27, Bronx Terminal Market, Coney Island Flicks on the Beach, Dekalb Market, Queens Museum of Art, Socrates Sculpture Park, Richmond County Bank Ballpark and Tompkins Square Park will host free outdoor screenings of classic movies, blockbuster hits, independent documentaries, short films and more. Almost all of the screenings are free. For a complete schedule, visit nycgo.com/rooftopfilms.
“NYC & Company always looks for new ways to promote all five boroughs. This summer we will highlight the vibrancy of neighborhoods across the City as we partner with Rooftop Films to deliver free outdoor movie screenings in parks, beaches, outdoor markets and more,” said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company. “We encourage visitors and New Yorkers to enjoy a free outdoor movie this summer and to also explore the shopping and dining in neighborhoods like Fort Greene, Corona and St. George as part of the experience.”
Starting July 10, Bronx Terminal Market will host free family-friendly activities and screenings every other Tuesday in July and August. Bronx community groups are also hosting special pre-film festivities before guests relax and enjoy the family-friendly screenings.
In conjunction with Coney Island Development Corporation, Coney Island Flicks on the Beach returns for a second year with a lineup of classic and new movie favorites. Every Monday from July 2 to August 6 and Saturday, July 14, films will be shown on a jumbo 40-foot screen on the beach at West 10th Street beginning at dusk.
“We are pleased to once again be partnering with NYC & Company and Rooftop Films to bring Flicks on the Beach back to Coney Island,” said Coney Island Development Corporation President Nate Bliss. “The return of this free outdoor film series will add to an exciting lineup of summer events and amusements that are drawing record crowds back to Coney Island.”
For its inaugural year in the Rooftop summer screening series, Dekalb Market will host free Bike-In Movies and two low-cost Rooftop Films. The Bike-In Movies began in May and will continue on the last Thursday of every month until September 27. The rooftop low-cost screenings include An Oversimplification of Her Beauty on Thursday, June 21, and Clermont-Ferrand Short Films on Friday, July 13. Prior to the screening of An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, the filmmaker, Terrance Nance, and his band will perform live, and after the screening, there will be a Q & A with Nance.
Target Passport Fridays at the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park returns July 6 to August 24. The free weekly outdoor festivities feature live dance performances, a concert and film screenings from one of the many international locales that fuel Queens’ cultural and artistic vitality.
Now in its 14th year, Socrates Sculpture Park’s Outdoor Cinema returns with eight movie screenings along the water in Long Island City. Socrates Sculpture Park and AT&T, in collaboration with NYC & Company, Museum of the Moving Image and Rooftop Films, present this annual international film festival focused on a different country or culture each Wednesday evening.
St. George Film Series presented by NYC & Company and the Staten Island Yankees will show movies Thursday nights from July 26 to August 16. In addition to the sports-themed films on the schedule, on Tuesday, August 14, Richmond County Bank Ballpark will have a special screening of Once in a Lullaby: PS 22 Chorus Story, a feel-good documentary about the Staten Island school’s preparation for their performance as the closing act at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony.
Films in Tompkins, co-sponsored by HOWL Arts, is back this summer with a lineup of edgy, timeless movies and cult favorites, including Exit Through the Gift Shop, The Fantastic Mr. Fox. The series also features live music, poetry, art installations and two special screenings (The Big Lebowski and Donnie Darko), commemorating Two Boots Pizzeria’s 25th anniversary, which include free pizza. The eight-week series runs in Tompkins Square Park (at Ave. A and 7th St.) every Thursday from June 28 to August 16.
For more information and a full list of Rooftop Films outdoor movie screenings in New York City this summer, visit nycgo.com/rooftop films.
About NYC & Company:
NYC & Company is the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York, dedicated to maximizing travel and tourism opportunities throughout the five boroughs, building economic prosperity and spreading the positive image of New York City worldwide. For more information, go to nycgo.com.
Emily Mayrath/NYC & Company